February 29, 2012

Give It Your All

"As I approached the final mile of the race I realized there were only three opponents left. Obstacles standing between my goal and me...the finish line.

As I reached the first opponent, I closed my eyes and heard this message: "You only fail if you fail to try." I peddled with all my might and took his place. One down, two to go.

As I neared number two I once again closed my eyes. Knowing this one would be harder, I searched for strength. Not only was I more tired than before, but this opponent was the second strongest. Suddenly I heard the voice from within: "You only see the obstacle when you take your mind off the goal." I visualized the finish line and continued to push my body to its limit and took position number two.

My last opponent, my last obstacle was in first place for a reason. He symbolized every goal that I hoped to achieve. Knowing this would be the toughest moment of the race, I again closed my eyes. This time I waited for the message. But it didn't come. As the fear rose from inside I realized it was up to me, not this voice, to win the race. With that in mind, I opened my eyes and it hit me.

On the back of my opponents shirt was the message. It read, "If you can read this, I'm winning!!!"

Then with every ounce of energy in my body and soul, I peddled and fought the toughest battle of my life. As I crossed the finish line, I realized that first place means nothing if you haven't given 150%. There is always someone out there who is a little faster or a little stronger, but the real champion is the one who reaches the finish line with nothing more to give."
-Jay K. Duplessie

TJ's hockey team here has a Team Chaplain who meets with them once a week. After he speaks with them he sends the boys home with papers that have biblical passages or short inspirational stories. The bit above was sent home with TJ from "Rev" at the start of the year. The paper has been hanging on our fridge, held up by TJ's magnetic hockey schedule, since October. It serves as a motivational piece for the two of us, and puts a smile on my face each morning when I stop to read it. I hope it did the same for you today.

Happy Wednesday. 

Remember: "Don't waste your time on jealousy. Sometimes you're ahead and sometimes you're behind. The race is long, and in the end...it's only with yourself."


  1. Beautiful post Kym, and such a good reminder. Loves.

  2. You've got to love "Rev."  It's always nice talking with him.

  3. Very cool story! I am surprised that they have a Team Chaplain, I've never heard of that. That's pretty cool.

  4. That picture is cuter than words. Looks like fun to me!


  5. I absolutely love this post! It's a great reminder that sometimes I need to stop comparing and thinking of others and just focus on me. Not in the selfish sense, but in the, be the best and work the hardest I can for me, not to impress anyone else. Make sense? Hope you're having a good week!


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